Cinematographers Guild Election Heats Up; Ballots Will Be Counted May 3

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by on April 1, 2019.

Ballots will go out Tuesday in the election of officers for IATSE Cinematographers Guild Local 600. Steven Poster, who’s been president of the guild since 2006, is being challenged by Paul Ferrazzi, its former national secretary-treasurer, and Lewis Rothenberg, the guild’s former national vice president. Typically, in three-way union elections, the advantage goes to the incumbent, with dissident votes being split among the challengers. Ballots will be counted May 3.

Poster and Ferrazzi have been political rivals for more than a decade. Ferrazzi had been the local’s national secretary-treasurer in 2006 when Poster filed charges against Gary Dunham, the guild’s president, accusing him of violating the authority of the guild’s national executive board by posting a statement on the guild’s website urging members to reject ratification of a new film and TV contract. The board then ousted Dunham and narrowly elected Poster to replace him. Ferrazzi, who had been Dunham’s running mate, called it a “coup.” …

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